What Are Greenhouse Gases?

By Manesh Singh|Updated : June 24th, 2022

Greenhouse gases are the gases present in our environment to trap the heat released by the sun and warm the planet. Greenhouse gases contain different chemical properties and tend to be removed by the environment over time through different natural processes. These elements are also known as Carbon-Sinks because of their work. Ozone is considered a greenhouse gas when found in the atmosphere. Otherwise, it is very helpful if it is present in the ozone layer.

What Gases Are Greenhouse Gases?

The gases responsible for the greenhouse effect are- 

  • Carbon dioxide
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Methane
  • Water Vapour
  • Fluorinated gases (Synthetic)

As discussed earlier, greenhouse gases get removed by natural processes. For example, carbon dioxide gets removed by the green plant's ocean and soil.

What Are The Sources Of The Greenhouse Gases?

The major sources of greenhouses gases are-

  • Energy Use
  • Lifestyles
  • Population
  • Climate Policy
  • Economic Activities
  • Land use patterns
  • Transportation

There are few other sources of greenhouse energy, such as refining, extraction, transportation of oil, gas, and other resources.


How Much Does Greenhouse Gas Affect Global Warming? 

Three factors are responsible for the Greenhouse effect of the gases. These are as follows-

  • The amount of the greenhouses gas
  • How effective is the greenhouse gas is to trap the heat
  • How long will it stay in the environment

The gases can be measured by Radiative Forcing, which is also known as climate forcing. The RF indicates positive and negative marks, the positive mark is a sign of the planet getting warm, and the negative sign is vice versa. It works as a climate driver and clarifies the amount of sun’s energy absorbed by the Earth and the amount released into space.

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What Are Greenhouse Gases FAQs

  • Our atmosphere contains the greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, Water Vapour, Nitrous oxide, Methane, and Fluorinated gases (Synthetic). These gases get absorbed by the other elements in nature through different processes.

  • Radioactive Forcing is the way to measure the gases in the environment. The RF shows the amount of heat absorbed by the Earth from the sun and the amount of heat getting released into space. It has positive and negative signs to indicate.

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